Raising the hopes of those who are hoping to see justice served for the Russian collusion hoax, President Donald Trump retweeted a report from Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s website titled, “More Russia Spygate Indictments Coming ‘This Week.’” The headline was a reference to Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation of alleged wrongdoing committed by federal investigators during their probe into claims of collusion between Trump and Russia.
Turns out that while there is a possibility we will see criminal indictments, “this week” isn’t quite accurate.
JusttheNews.com’s John Solomon, whose reporting appears to have inspired the headline, spoke up to clarify that his “reporting indicates there is clear evidence that criminal cases are being built that could lead to future indictments or plea deals” — but only the prosecutors know exactly how soon any indictments will be announced, he said.
building criminal cases that could lead to a small number of indictments. I did not intend to, and didn’t actually, say indictments were coming this week. Only prosecutors know such timing and I have no indication indictments are coming this week.
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) April 22, 2020
Barr hints at indictments
Earlier this month, Attorney General Bill Barr spoke with Fox News host Laura Ingraham about Durham’s investigation and the potential for indictments. “My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness,” Barr told Ingraham during an interview on April 9.
“There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” he promised. “And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”
“He is looking to bring to justice people who are engaged in abuses if he can show that they were criminal violations, and that’s what the focus is on,” Barr continued, according to The Washington Examiner. “And as you know, being a lawyer you yourself, building these cases — especially the kinds of sprawling case we have between us that went on for two or three years here — it takes some time — it takes some time to build the case. So, he’s diligently pursuing it.”
However, Barr has also warned that indictments are “not imminent.” The DOJ will make announcements “as soon as we feel we have something that we are confident to tell the people about,” Barr said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Neither COVID-19 or 2020 election have stopped Durham’s investigation
In a more recent interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Barr also made clear that neither the COVID-19 crisis nor the upcoming election would derail Durham’s work.
“The investigation of U.S. Attorney John Durham into the circumstances surrounding the surveillance of President Trump’s campaign, transition, and early administration, does that investigation remain on track, undisturbed by the virus?” Hewitt asked.
Barr said it does, adding that the U.S. Attorney’s Manual would not preclude indicting those individuals who were currently under investigation.
“You don’t indict candidates–or perhaps someone that’s sufficiently close to a candidate that is essentially the same, you know, within a certain number of days before an election,” he acknowledged. “But, you know, as I say, I don’t think any of the people whose actions are under review by Durham fall into that category.
This White House has made it clear from the beginning that exposing details of the controversial Russia probe would be a priority. Recent tweets and statements by Trump and Barr reveal that the administration remains committed to pursuing justice. We’ll just have to be patient and wait for it all to come out.